Here’s how much sex you should have every week

Sex and health go hand in hand. Research has linked it to a slimmer waistline, a stronger heart and a lower risk for prostate and breast cancers. It’s also a boon for mental health, since sex is associated with lower rates of depression and better mood. But Americans today are having less of it than Americans a decade ago, according to a just-released study appearing in Archives of Sexual Behaviour. From 2010 to 2014, the average American adult had sex nine fewer times per year than Americans did from 2000…

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Suspected Ebola cases in Congo rise to 29

The number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo has risen to 29, up from 21, Reuters News agency reports World Health Organisation spokesman Christian Lindmeier as saying. Three people have died so far and 416 peolpe who may have had contact with sufferers were being chased up in case they also developed symptoms, he said. People began to get sick on or after 22 April in Bas-Uele province in the country’s far north. The region affected lies 1,300km (800 miles) north-east of Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central…

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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’

    Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests. The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to rate which of five popular social media platforms had the most negative effect on their users. They were asked to score each platform on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. Mental health charities urged companies to act to increase users’ safety. The Royal Society for Public Health study says social platforms…

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Infertility in men raises risk of testicular cancer

Scientists have alerted the public that poor sperm quality, which affects about one in every 10 men may lead to fertility problems as well as increase risk of developing testicular cancer. These findings were contained in an article published in ‘The Conversation’ by Aleksander Giwercman, professor of reproductive medicine, Lund University in Sweden and Yvonne Lundberg Giwercman, associate professor in experimental urology at the same university. According to the researchers, even if the men don’t develop testicular cancer, men with poor sperm quality tend to die younger than men who…

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‘Traditional, religious barriers hinder family planning’

Dr. Omasanjuwa Edun is the Team Leader for the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI, Lagos State office. In this interview with APPOLONIA ADEYEMI, he highlights the obstacles hindering uptake of family planning and the way out What are the barriers hindering the uptake of family planning and how do you convince people of reproductive age to adopt family planning? Some of the barriers against family planning, FP are cultural barriers, which is basically why some people or some school of thoughts believe that our culture is against Family Planning….

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Using diets to lower high BP

Cutting out salt is generally recommended as the way to lower blood pressure but eating foods rich in potassium helps as well, a medical expert has revealed. “Potassium is the forgotten weapon in the fight against high blood pressure,” said Dr. Chauncey Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant programme at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla in the United States, U.S. These are the findings in a study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. A consultant cardiologist at the Lagos University Teaching…

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Hope as new prostate cancer cuts painful biopsies

A new blood test known as IsoPSA has been shown to detect prostate cancer more precisely. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘European Urology.’ Many men face the difficult decision over whether to be tested for prostate cancer when the current method known as Prostate- Specific Antigen (PSA), is fairly unreliable. According to the researchers, the new IsoPSA test, is more accurate than the current test as it distinguishes cancer from benign conditions and identifies patients with a severe form of the disease. The…

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